John van Dongen
|John van Dongen|
|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Abbotsford South
May 3, 1995 – May 12, 2009
|Preceded by||Harry de Jong|
|Succeeded by||Darryl Plecas|
|Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries of British Columbia|
June 5, 2001 – January 28, 2003
|Preceded by||Ed Conroy|
|Succeeded by||Stan Hagen|
April 3, 2003 – June 16, 2005
|Preceded by||Stan Hagen|
|Succeeded by||Pat Bell|
|Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations
of British Columbia
June 16, 2005 – June 23, 2008
|Preceded by||Sindi Hawkins|
|Succeeded by||Joan McIntyre|
|Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia|
April 1, 2008 – April 27, 2009
|Preceded by||John Les|
|Succeeded by||Rich Coleman|
December 13, 1949 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Political party||Liberal (1995-2012)
John van Dongen (born December 13, 1949) was a Member of the Legislative Assembly, representing the riding of Abbotsford South, in the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. At one time, van Dongen was one of the longest serving BC Liberal MLAs in the BC Legislature. He was first elected in 1995 in a by-election and was re-elected in 1996, 2001, 2005, and 2009. On March 26, 2012, van Dongen announced he was leaving the BC Liberal Party to sit as the only BC Conservative Party MLA in the legislature. He competed in the May 2013 election running as an independent and lost to Darryl Plecas.
On April 24, 2009, van Dongen announced that the BC Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, a department for which he is responsible in the Legislature, had suspended his driver's licence for a period of four months. In an interview with CBC Radio van Dongen said the suspension was a result of his being cited twice in one year for driving in excess of 41 km/h above the posted speed limit. Van Dongen featured prominently in anti-speeding advertising campaigns for the provincial government in recent years. Three days later, van Dongen resigned as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor-General.
After the 2009 provincial election, van Dongen was appointed Party Whip, and continued in his roles as Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Government Services, and Chair of the Caucus Committee on Government Restructuring. In 2010, he was appointed as the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee to Appoint a Chief Electoral Officer for BC.
On March 26, 2012, van Dongen crossed the floor of the Legislative Assembly to become the first BC Conservative Party Member of the Legislative Assembly. On September 22, 2012, he then announced he was resigning from the BC Conservative Party to sit as an independent.
|Independent||John van Dongen||5,587||27.89|
|New Democratic||Lakhvinder Jhaj||4,210||21.01|
|Total Valid Votes||20,035|
|Total Rejected Ballots|
|Liberal||John van Dongen||9,566||58.47%||n/a|
- ISBN 0787635618
- Vancouver Sun April 25, 2009 "Lead-foot Van Dongen 'fesses up -- a week after his licence was lifted" http://www.vancouversun.com/Lead+foot+Dongen+fesses+week+after+licence+lifted/1533522/story.html
- B.C. Solicitor-General resigns. theglobandmail.com. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
- Straight.com. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
- http://www.bcconservative.ca/news/john-van-dongen-joins-the-bc-conservative-party/[permanent dead link]